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André Tchelistcheff (1901-1994), Winemaker of Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve (1938-1973)


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Good link.  The article pretty well encapsulates how Tchelistcheff more than any other single person created the Napa fine wine industry, and how Parker-with-the-uneducated-palate then came along and, followed by his legions of sycophantic fools mesmerized by his numbers, set it back immeasurably.   One can only hope the ship is now truly turning.

Oddly, I just opened an '85 GLPR a couple of days ago; first one for a long while.  Pretty good stuff, and according to the graph made while BV was still making wines with balanced alcohol, even though André himself was gone by then -- the real damage (to BV and the whole industry) came a bit later, after Parker's power over winemaking really kicked in.

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